Look of the Week: Style for Stairs

Here are some great ways to add style to your wood stairs - think basement stairs, stairs that need a quick cosmetic fix, a desire to inject pattern, or to simply make hardwood stairs less slippery for kids and pets. Graphic tile, above, adds instant personality.

Love the simple look of this grey stripe on white painted stairs.

The pattern and texture of this inset neutral runner is fantastic.

A runner can also offer an opportunity to introduce bold color and pattern.

This website offers a great collection of tread sets to suit many styles.

Still not excited? How about piano stairs?

For those of you who are the ambitious, DIY types, here is a carpet runner tutorial. 

(Images via Pinterest)

March 2, 2018

Look of the Week: Built-Ins for Dogs

Loving this rustic built-in dog cave.

And really, what a great idea to customize a space for pets - so that beds and bowls can be out of the way! Ideally the space remains flexible for other uses, of course (that's the resale part of my brain talking). That said, 68% of Americans own a pet.

Laundry areas are popular spaces for dog cubbies.

This recessed space at the end of the island is great to keep bowls out of the way - yet they bowls and stand could easily be removed and it's not longer a dog space.

Alas, if built-in opportunities are slim -- this graphic tent is sure to feel cozy. Land of Nod has tons of styles, and even Petco is in on it.

p.s. while we're on this topic of building in pretty pet spaces -- this gate (for dog or baby). Yes!

(images via Pinterest)

February 23, 2018

Look of the Week: The Island

Welcome to The Island, near Towan Beach in Newquay, England. For about $2,000 for a weekend, you can cross this private suspension footbridge to your own island paradise...

Look of the Week: White Painted Brick

A fresh take on white painted brick - loving the balance of this old material in modern settings, like in this kitchen, above.

Experts Predict 2018 Housing Market Trends

Increase in Home Purchases
Every industry expert whose opinions we looked at agreed: Purchase mortgage volume will increase in 2018. In fact, Michael Fratantoni, chief economist and senior vice president of research and technology of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), expects purchase growth through 2020. Freddie Mac's Economic and Housing Research Group (EHRG) has predicted growth of about 2% next year in both new and existing home sales. While refinancing has been strong recently, we're now seeing a slow shift to a purchase-oriented mortgage market. Which leads us to ...

Look of the Week: Easy Holiday Greenery

Hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner! We're loving these simple, beautiful ways to add some fresh green holiday cheer to your home as you get ready to host family and friends. Above - wreaths on holiday windows. We also like the idea of just using one or two wreaths.

Just Listed: Luxe Utility, West of Market

$1,428,000  MLS No.1162395 Status: SOLD

732 16th Ave W
*DETACHED GARAGE + ADU - newly built 2017;
MAIN HOUSE - Major Addition/Remodel 2017

Luxe Utility, West of Market. Honoring simplicity and function through a carefully curated lens, with an eye to detail, quality, and design; utilitarianism reimagined. 4 bed, 3.25 bath, including detached legal ADU. 2 car garage, snippets of Lake Washington. 5” site-finished solid white oak floors, Carrara marble, snowy quartz, and ravishing solid hickory cabinets. Vaulted ceilings, airy master suite with walk in closet and gas fireplace. Sleepy location with mature trees and nearby parks. Clean custom steel work, raw clear cedar channel, a personality that is unadorned and pure. An understated, streamlined aesthetic; Minimalism made gracious and warm, welcoming.

Look of the Week: Spooky (not scary) Halloween Decor

This week we're sharing a few fun ideas for Halloween that will give you the chills without being too scary for the little ones. We are also including some highly creative kids' costumes at the bottom of this post! (Above, spider infestation - tutorial here.)

Look of the Week: First Day of Fall

Happy first day of fall! We're sharing some pretty homes, spaces, and ideas to get you in an autumn mood.

Just Listed: Beach Modern, Downtown Kirkland

$1,710,000  MLS No.1141904 Status: SOLD

208 3rd St South

2.75 BATHS
Beach Modern. Sleek, Malibu energy; soothing water shades collide with warm, earthy cedar and surf-white trim. An elusive residential pocket in the heart of Downtown Kirkland, designed for easy, luxe living. Four bedrooms + loft + bonus. Fenced yard and patio. 530 sq ft roof deck provides views across Moss Bay, with pockets of Lake Washington + Seattle. Site-finished oak floors, custom steel work, rich in natural light. Innovative floor plan and ample windows maximize this coveted setting, offering brilliant sight lines and pops of nature. Expertly crafted by revered Pete Granger, Inc. A rare opportunity to own a private house Just two blocks to the very core of Downtown Kirkland.

Look of the Week: The Edge, Cornwall, UK

This adorable cottage sits perched above Whitsand Bay in Cornwall, UK. 

 That view!

The Gardner Report: First Quarter 2017

Gardner Report  | WWA Q1 2017

Here is Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner's analysis of our local real estate market for first quarter 2017!